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Biker Fergus O'Connell's funeral at Grimsby Minster

Funeral of Fergus O'Connell
Image caption Motorcyclists escorted Mr O'Connell's coffin to the funeral at Grimsby Minster

Hundreds of motorcyclists have attended the funeral of a motorcycling enthusiast in Grimsby.

Fergus O'Connell, 50, died suddenly at his home in the town on 7 November.

He was a member of the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), a riders' rights organisation, and wrote a column for its magazine.

Mr O'Connell's coffin was transported to the service at Grimsby Minster in a sidecar and was accompanied by fellow motorcyclists.

His brother, Dean O'Connell, said: "Fergus left a letter with all his requests and he wanted a big funeral."

'Ride of Honour'

President of the MAG Ian Mutch said Mr O'Connell was a "larger-than-life character".

Mr O'Connell was a volunteer officer for the MAG and "would have met a lot of people" said Mr Mutch.

"He was an exceptionally good rider who did a lot of mileage," he added.

The service at Grimsby Minster, St James' Square, was led by the Reverend Steve Holt.

The cortege consisted of a "Ride of Honour" of 12 motorcycles with hundreds of motorcyclists following behind.

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